Tuesday, April 21, 2009

They're here!

Hot Chicks!




Cute chicks!
Hatched just yesterday.






We get a batch of twenty five Cornish Cross meat chickens twice a year. This is the first group. We'll get another in the fall.











This one looks like the ugly step-sister- but she is going to be a gorgeous Silver Laced Wyandotte who will lay many, many eggs for my kitchen.









These little chipmunks are Aracaunas. They will lay greenish colored eggs starting this fall.









This guy presides over the laying hens. And wakes us every morning at 4:12 a.m.

Theoretically he's around to fertilize eggs so that a broody hen will hatch some chicks for us.
Theoretically. I think we had success with this only one year in ten. What happens most is that the chicks get squished during their first day out of the egg. Last year one hen successfully hatched one egg under a Hardy Geranium in a flower bed. Because they were free ranging around the yard, one night a raccoon got the chick. We heard it happen in the dark of night when the chick was calling for help. It was not pleasant.

Such is life on a farm.




Our chicken coop, the "Poulet Palace".

There are two rooms. The door on the left is where we raise the chicks and the meat birds.

This is posted outside the door so that there is no doubt what their purpose in life is destined to be.




The door on the right is the room for the laying flock. They have nest boxes and roosting bars and access to an outdoor pen.


This is posted outside their door so that that can keep in mind what their purpose is every day.

3 comments:

  1. Ooh! Cute chicks! We must have been on the same wavelengnth because I ordered Araucanas and Silver Laced Wyandottes, too! Mine come next week.

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  2. Wow, nice site. I chanced upon here from a morel mushroom post somewhere...(My Sisters Farmhouse I think??)

    Anyway, I plan to peruse your musings when I have a minute...thanks!

    (I'm on a farm in Iowa; we're calving and I have a new one to "process").

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  3. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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